Today, Labour Beam Park candidate Trevor McKeever writes in the Havering Daily on the ongoing debate of the electric scooter.
With the upcoming festive period just around the corner, what will be the toys of the year, a question my grandsons have given me many answers to.
One such request was for an Electric Scooter, more commonly referred to as the E- Scooter, whilst not illegal to sell or buy, compliance with the law is an issue.
The law states that the E-Scooter cannot be driven on a pavement or Public Highway, this also includes cycle lanes, the only place it can be used is on private land with the permission of the landowner.
The question I raised with a police officer was, if the local council or TFL has an E-Scooter rental scheme can a privately owned scooter be used in the same area, the answer was NO, only E-Scooters allocated for rental by TFL and local councils can be driven on roads,
Requirements to Ride a E-Scooter, firstly: You must have a provisional or full driving licence.
You must be over eighteen years of age.
You will have to take an E-Learning Safety Course before you hire for the first time.
E-Scooters are treated as Motor Vehicles by the Department of Transport and are subjected to the same legal laws as other vehicles, namely, M.O.T, Tax, and insurance, also not all E- Scooters have Number plates, rear lights, or the ability to signal.
So could my grandson or any one fall foul of the law? The answer to that is of course yes, if found riding on a road or public footpath, going through a red light, using a mobile phone or drink driving. I’m informed that the police are taking an approach of advice and education of the law at first, but this does depend on the seriousness of the offence.
Penalties may range from a fixed penalty notice for no insurance, which carries a £300 fine and six points on your licence, not in possession of a valid driving license, carries a fine of up to £100 and between three and six points on your licence, which can be added retrospectively if you do not have a licence at the time of the offence.
In conclusion, will I be getting my grandson a E-Scooter this Christmas? The answer to that is a big NO, not until such times as he can legally comply with the current laws.
I will wait for the conclusion of the twelve-month trials being carried out by Government across towns and cities in the UK, to see the viability of E-Scooters as an alternative mode of transport which may ease the burden on other transport networks.
Prospective Labour Candidate for Beam Park